Matty ignores the obvious that after massive federal and state tax cuts have been enacted, the state is still facing a foreclosure crisis. (Under Republican rule, Ohio cut its personal income tax some 21%, and yet continues to lead the nation in foreclosures.) Second, most of the people vulnerable to foreclosure pay little, if any, income taxes at all. There’s not enough tax liability to cut in order to make decreases in tax liability offset increasing […]Full Story... →
I love this one. “Mr. Secretary, Halliburton on line one”. Jeff Hess pieces together a little puzzle regarding the attempts to gut the Endangered Species Act. The administration got into a bit of a space-time continuum problem by announcing they wanted to put polar bears on the endangered list (their habitat is, um, melting). Someone must have gotten the memo and woke up to realize this means they’d have to admit global warming is real. OH NO! What shall we do? I’ll let Jeff tell ya.
I did want to pull this little bit out of the Salon […]Full Story... →
Two high profile cancer stories lately offer us a unique opportunity to shed politics – or improve it – by realizing that there is no left-right. No Democrat-Republican. We engineer such things to make sense of the world, but in the end they are illusions. You see it all the time. A person of Democrat persuasion has something bad happen to them and they get an outpouring of thoughts and prayers from said side of the aisle. Crickets on the other side. As if admitting you are human and feel for these other human beings will somehow weaken your position. […]Full Story... →
On Monday, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee, introduced an amendment to strike the withdrawal language from the supplemental but not the benchmarks and reporting requirements. Trying to strip all three provisions at once raised the prospect of complicating the Republican effort to eliminate the withdrawal goal…
The amendment failed 48-50. The last of these votes went precisely opposite. I guess Trent was wrong:
In a television interview with Fox News on March 25, Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., said that although GOP leaders had not done a whip check, he thought they […]Full Story... →